NORMAN — It's hard to replace the vocalness Travis Lewis displayed during his football career at Oklahoma. But defensive back Demontre Hurst is attempting to change that.
For four years, Lewis started and provided a vocal spark the Sooners needed, and one the media often times needed.
“Travis was a big mouth,” Hurst said. “He was pretty much the heart of the defense last year. He got everybody going just by his presence and his voice. So for us, no one is that powerful yet.
“Hopefully somebody gets to that level, but for right now, we're going to use all the guys we can to get everybody going.”
Hurst, a senior, certainly had the numbers last season to automatically become a team leader.
But can he or anyone else on the team fill Lewis' vocal role?
“No, I wouldn't say in the way that Travis filled it,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “Nobody can. Travis was a unique character, and we love him. And, listen, Travis worked hard. It's just that guys are different. They all kind of do it.”